Subject: walking land end to john o'groats
Posted: 11 May 2012 2:15 am
Hi, I am finding you website very helpful for planning my hike. I am very experience long distance hiker, having hike PCT in 09,AT in 11 in America. But I am looking for something different this year.
I was hoping that you may have some more up-to-date information. I.e whats the best book/guide to buy. The ones you list are pretty old and maybe there something newer/better. Also do you know of anyone that has all the GPS waypoints. I know there many path, but it could be a good starting point.
I am planing to start at John o'groats. Any advice on how to get there.
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Subject: JOGLE books
Posted: 11 May 2012 12:10 pm
There's only one other Land's End to John o'Groats route book that I know of - which I've just added to my list here:
but that's from 2004 and apparently it describes a road-based route, which isn't to everyone's taste (mine included!). I don't think there are any newer books, but it's a fairly niche market, so that's not surprising. It's also worth noting that there is no official route from Land's End to John o'Groats - most people make up their own route across the country, as that's all part of the fun, which is why there aren't many guidebooks out there.
That's also the reason why there aren't any specific waypoint files out there. Some walkers make their own routes available as GPX files, me included - click on the 'Download for GPS' link here:
You could do worse than checking out other walkers' blogs to see if you like their routes, and whether they have any GPX files available; there are lots of links on the first page above.
As for getting to John o'Groats, most people get to Inverness (by train, or even by plane), then take the train to Wick, and then the bus to John o'Groats. Google can help you track down more specific details, but be aware, it isn't that easy to get to!
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